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Strategy to fast-track visas, work permits for skilled foreign workers to launch in June Canada looking to attract global talent

The federal government’s plans to accelerate the visa and work permit process will launch June 12 for highly skilled foreign workers who are much sought-after by Canadian companies.

Former Immigration Minister John McCallum and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains unveiled the program framework last November in Mississauga.

The Global Skills Strategy seeks to rid the immigration system of obstacles that prevent Canadian firms from swift access to highly skilled workers from around the world and attracting global talent.

Last week, Bains and Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu announced the launch date for the strategy, including the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Previously announced elements of the strategy include a two-week standard for processing work permits, work permits processed in 10 days for eligible workers and dropping work permit requirement for short-term highly skilled work and brief academic visits.

The government is also creating a dedicated service to help companies looking to bring talent from abroad, if those businesses commit to significant job creation in Canada.

Labour market experts and stakeholders are being consulted to develop a Global Talent list of eligible high-demand occupations that would fall under the program.

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